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China’s largest social media network, WeChat, is set to become an official electronic personal identification system in the country, with a WeChat ID pilot program launched in Guangzhou’s Nansha District. On Monday, the authorities in the southern province of Guangzhou announced that its citizens will soon be able to identify themselves through WeChat (‘Weixin’ in China), Xinhua reported. The virtual ID card will be as valid as a paper identification issued by the Chinese state, it added.
We're quite a way from widespread Q computing. Most Q computers will likely be used to augment the capabilities of binary systems already in place or that will be in place over the next decade.
So, from now on I shall be known as Captain Beno.......for real!
China is renewing its efforts to get all people who sign up for a mobile number to use their real names. According to state-run news agency China News Service (link via Google Translate), the government has declared that everyone who buys a SIM card in China, even non-citizens, need to show a passport or another form of valid identification.
The report also says that more than 100 million SIM cards have not been registered with real names. This is in spite of the fact that China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has required people to use their real names in order to get a mobile number for over six years. The MIIT claims real-name registration protects Internet users from online crime, but of course it also makes censorship easier to enforce.
At the beginning of its attempts at real-name regulation, the MIIT relied on China’s three telecoms—China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom—to uphold the rule. Then in 2012, it forced Sina Weibo to require users on the popular microblogging service to tie an ID card or mobile phone number to their accounts before they were allowed to post. Then as Tencent’s WeChat became nearly ubiquitous in China, supplanting Sina Weibo in popularity, the state told all messaging apps to require real-name registration.
The latest effort by the Chinese government to enforce the rule through a popular service is an order that will require all users of online payment platforms Alipay and WeChat Pay to link their usernames to an ID number or bank account based in mainland China by July 1.
originally posted by: enlightenedservant
a reply to: JinMI
Don't forget that many of the largest companies in China are fully or partially state owned anyway. China's definitely embraced capitalism and global trade a lot since Chairman Deng, but it's still communist at its core. Gotta play by their rules if you want access to their market of 1.3 billion potential customers.
First, the top 12 Chinese companies are all state-owned. They include massive banks and oil companies that the central government controls through the State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the ruling State Council (SASAC), which appoints CEOs and makes decisions on large investments. Of the 98 Chinese companies on the list, only 22 are private.
Ummm, how did that refute anything I said? And yes, China is definitely communist lol.